ZULAWU Praises State For Hiked Funds.
THE Zambia United Local Authority Workers Union ( ZULAWU) has commended Government for allocating more funds to the Local Government Equalisation Funds ( LGEF) in the 2017 budget.
Government has proposed to allocate K887.8 million in the 2017 budget from last year’s K717 million towards the fund.
ZULAWU president Misheck Nyambose said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that it is gratifying that Government has proposed to allocate more resources to the fund despite the economic hardships that the country is facing.
Mr Nyambose said the gesture demonstrates Government’s commitment and the importance it attaches to issues of local government.
He said the resources will help local authorities improve service delivery countrywide once the budget is approved.
“ As a union, we are very pleased with the increment towards the Local Government Equalisation Fund in next year’s budget,” Mr Nyambose said.
Mr Nyambose said the union is looking forward to prudent use of the funds and proposed that some of it be used to settle salary arrears in councils.
He said the union believes that workers will be motivated to work hard and deliver services to expected standards once they are paid.
Mr Nyambose is also happy that 70 percent of the national budget will be funded locally to reduce the debt burden.
And the Young Women Christian Association ( YWCA) on the Copperbelt Province has commended Government for allocating resources in the 2017 budget for the purchase of sanitary towels for distribution to girls in rural areas.
Minister of Finance Felix Mutati announced on Friday during the budget presentation that Government will next year start distributing sanitary towels to girls in rural areas, who reportedly shun attending class due to lack of proper sanitary ware.
YWCA Copperbelt coordinator Sharon Chisanga said in an interview yesterday that the provision of sanitary towels to girls in rural areas is a good move, which should be supported by all stakeholders in the country.
“ Government’s decision to start distributing sanitary towels to girls in rural areas is a positive move. It will help to bridge the gap between the rich and poor in terms of accessing education,” Ms Chisanga said.